The Backyard

The Backyard

Sunday, April 10, 2011

And to Think I Wasn't Going to Have A Garden This Year

The garden was going to wait this year while I train for a 7-day stage mountain bike race, but I couldn't bare the thought of not having certain vegetables I grew to depend on each season. This year more than ever, with the high prices of produce, several plants just had to be planted. You saw the 453-onion patch in an earlier post. Today, I planted 72 broccoli plants, mounded up the sweet potato rows for 50 slips coming in a couple weeks, and dug the potato trench for the Red Norland seed potato Donna's neighbors Andre and Diane so kindly shared. Donna and I will split them in the fall. The spinach is coming up and the kale over-wintered and is coming back. I love spring... I wish I was retired!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Onion and Broccoli Planting Time

The onion folks sent me WAY too many onions this year. They normally include extras to replace the spindly plants, but this year they doubled my order of 240 plants. What was to be no garden this year is turning out to be bigger than ever. 453 onion plants went in, 28 broccoli plants, and another 40 broccoli plants are waiting in the wings. Spinach, kale, peas and parsley seeds were planted too. So much for not much of a garden!